From a young age, Alan has been making music. At age 4, he began taking piano lessons and continued on to graduate all 7 levels of the Suzuki piano method. He went on to graduate from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy in 2021. Alan was the recipient of the 2015 Tracy scholarship and the 2019 Coppin scholarship, through the U’s School of Music. He was a two-semester participant in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and his presentations have been featured on the University Research Events Series and the Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research. He has made the University Dean’s list every semester since winter 2018. Alan has submitted original works into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ 2021 Music Festival. He was a founder and music director of the “Business Casual'' A Cappella group on the U campus. He is also a current researcher for the U of U School of Music History Project. Finally, he is continuing his education, seeking a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Utah beginning fall 2021.
He sang in Bonneville High School Choirs and was awarded the National School Choral Award in 2015. He participated in school musicals, including roles as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! and Max Detweiler in The Sound of MusicVersatility and appreciation for diverse styles and aspects of music has fueled Alan’s continued interest in music. Having initially begun his degree in performance alone, exposure to teaching opportunities led him to add a dual emphasis in pedagogy. Knowledge of theory, ear-training, music history, and various repertoire and methodologies contribute to his own understanding of music. A deep-seated respect for Shinichi Suzuki’s teaching philosophy has convinced him that any child can learn music. Alan’s teaching style seeks to incorporate diverse aspects and styles of music to help students perform well, understand the music, and express themselves in their art. He specializes in teaching adolescent students but welcomes students of younger ages as well.